LAPD Surrounds Alhambra Home Believed to Hold Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of Student in El Sereno


Los Angeles Police posted on YouTube video of a suspect in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old student on Friday, March 3, 2023 in the 4500 block of Valley Boulevard in El Sereno. The same man is believed to have stabbed and injured a second victim later

A man suspected of killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring another man in two separate stabbings in Los Angeles last week was holed up in an Alhambra residence on Wednesday, March 8, as authorities tried to persuade him to surrender.

The Los Angeles Police Department said its investigators tracked down the suspect to a home in the 2300 block of Westmont Drive on Wednesday morning and surrounded the location.

The suspect is accused of stabbing Xavier Chavarin to death on Friday afternoon around 3:55 p.m. in the 4500 block of Valley Boulevard in El Sereno. Police said the suspect did not know Chavarin and attacked him without provocation.

Later that same day, at about 9 p.m., the suspect allegedly stabbed a 33-year-old man multiple times in the 5400 block of Valley Boulevard. The victim survived his wounds and was taken to a hospital.

On Tuesday, police released surveillance video and images of the suspect, who has long black hair and a long beard. He was seen wearing a black baseball hat with white lettering and riding a skateboard during the attacks. Police also said he was driving a black Honda CR-V SUV from 1996 to 2001.

Police urged anyone with information about the stabbings or the suspect’s whereabouts to contact Central Bureau Homicide Detectives J. Calzadillas or S. Ruiz at 213-996-4116. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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